Im actually trying to create a presentation view in which all the autocad floor plans will be in isometric and the floor plates will be over each other, so that the client can get an idea how the rooms are going to be overlapped in the building.
In short -------- an exploded view in isometric giving the floor plates idea.
I want to get my autocad drawing in illustrator in such a way that it has all the layers intact? How should I export it?
My office is using Illustrator version cs2 and autocad 2008.
I want to get my autocad drawing in illustrator in such a way that it has all the layers intact?
Forget it. It's not possible. CAD layers have a different meaning than AI layers plus AI trying to retain appearance and reordering stuff, breaking up lines, converting blocks/layers/groups arbitrarily to otehr such types and whetever you can imagine. Do it in ACAD right away and export the arranged drawing as a custom view DWG/ PDF to fancy it up with otehr stuff in AI, but don't even dream of exporting everything with layers intact to be editable the same way in AI as they are in ACAD....
thanks for replying mylenium. i have following questions
1. what is custom view dwg?
2. doing as pdf thickens the fonts badly and the lines too. do i have to write the text separately and shear them as well ?
3. I still don't get the block thing. is there no way i create a block [e.g. furniture set of four chairs and one table],
so if i colour one set and give shadow effect in Illustrator all the other instances get coloured too? like a dynamic clone that changes the way all its peers change? a plugin or add on must be there for illustrator perhaps?
The layers should be converted correctly from AutoCAD DWG to AI. Stacking order can get changed, but you can move the layers in AI up or down to fix that part.
The block issue is a problem, because they get converted to symbols, which are independent of one another. You could export individual blocks out of AutoCAD as DWG, save as AI or PDF in AI, then place them where they need to be. That can be a pain - time consuming.
You should be able to tweak the lineweights and font strokes in AutoCAD before you export. That might help. I am assuming you do not have a lot of AutoCAD experience. If you don't, you might want to brush up a little on AutoCAD. Some of the things you are describing would be much easier to do in AutoCAD.
If you need to do it in AI, at least get the files in AutoCAD to export the correct fonts and linetypes as DWG. The rest in AI will be easier. If you have an example DWG, and also the end result in AI (of what you are looking for), upload a link to them, and I can possibly advise you on a easy path. When you are talking isometric and exploded views, it all depends on how the files are created in AutoCAD.
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